Pimples. Blackheads. Whiteheads. Painful bumps under the skin. These are all signs of acne, and chances are you’ve dealt with them before. Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting as much as 80% of all people between the ages of 11 and 30. But acne doesn’t just affect teenagers and young adults. Acne outbreaks can occur at any age, independent of race or gender.
Acne is a disorder of the hair follicle and the oil glands. It most commonly occurs on the face, back, chest, neck, and shoulders. Certain triggers, such as diet, stress, hormonal changes, make-up and medications, may worsen acne. Be sure to avoid popping pimples to prevent infection permanent scarring.
Acne is caused when the pores in your skin become clogged by dead skin cells. As a result, there is irritation, redness and oil build up. There are also naturally occurring bacteria on your skin which worsen inflammation and travel deeper, causing cysts.
Although most common among teenagers and young adults, acne can be seen in any age group. During puberty, your body begins producing more hormones that stimulate excess oil production in your skin. This excess oil makes it harder to keep your skin free from clogged pores and bacteria.
The first step in diagnosing acne is a skin examination. The key skin findings in an acne breakout are blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, and cysts. Based on your skin exam, the location of your breakouts, and the severity and timing of your acne, we can determine the cause and provide treatment options.
Acne treatment depends on the severity of your condition. For mild cases, topical (cream or gel) medications that can be applied to the affected areas. In moderate cases, you may need a combination of topical and oral medications.
For severe acne, prescription medications are available and should be taken as directed. Cystic acne may also require injections to reduce inflammation, redness, and pain.
Procedures such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, and products like face washes can also be very useful in the successful prevention and treatment of acne. We offer a comprehensive approach to acne treatment that is integrated with diet and lifestyle modifications.